—by Christine Lindsay
As a British Immigrant to Canada, it’s no surprise that I love British history. To me, the British Raj (rule) of India was as exciting a time as the Wild West was to America. These were times of great romance with British Cavalry officers taming the wild Western Frontier of northern India which we now know as Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s amazing in my research to discover that nothing much has changed in the last 300 years. Our peacekeeping forces today are doing similar work to what the British military did in the First, Second and Third Anglo Afghan Wars.
|Louis Mountbatten inspection at Singapore 1945|
Governing these vast lands required a massive army. The British Indian army included thousands of English rank and file, and English officers. In the Indian regiments however, the officers were always English. It wasn’t until just after WW1 that Indians were allowed to be officers over their Indian soldiers. At the time of the Indian Partition, the Indian Army had one million Indian soldiers, and this was after many had died during WW2.
The era of the British Raj existed over a 300-year span, and while it included a great many battles, uprisings, and injustice, it was also a time of incredible medical breakthroughs, and Christian missionaries doing what they could to improved the lives of Indian people.
But the British Raj also included an outstanding pomp set against the exotic and muddled background of India.
In the novel I am currently writing, I have been researching the Last Viceroy to India, Lord Louis
|Lord Louis Mountbatten|
India was referred to as the jewel o
It was during the tumultuous time at the end of the British Raj that someone was needed with great dignity, strength of mind, a man who could get things done, to hand over the power of government to the Indian people. Lord Mountbatten, also known as Dickie to his friends, was that man. During WW2 Lord Mountbatten had served as Supreme Allied Commander of the South East Asia Command.
|Louis Mountbatten and Gandhi|
Try to envision the white naval uniform of Lord Mountbatten, the gold braid and medals as he strides up a crimson carpet to gold thrones in a massive marble throne room with vaulted ceiling as he takes power as Viceroy. Imagine his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten walking at his side in white silk, with trumpets blaring, and surrounded by hundreds of English, and Indian dignitaries in their Indian finery.
|Viceroy and Vicereine of India|
Then imagine the Mountbattens on another day wearing green khaki uniforms as they courageously face thousands of Muslim Tribesmen yelling out Pakistan Zindabad, and waving rifles in the air.
My series focuses on the twilight of that British great rule of India. Book 1 Shadowed in Silk shows the historical event that started the independence movement in earnest. Book 2 Captured by Moonlight shows some of the medical history of Dr. Ida Scudder and Pandita Ramabai. The third and final book talks about the very end of the Raj, and the brutal Partition of India into what we now know of as India and Pakistan, and the Last Viceroy of India.
Watch the Book Trailer for Shadowed in Silk
And here is the Trailer for Captured by Moonlight
ABOUT CHRISTINE LINDSAY
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that great ship.
It was stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her Multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj.
Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is also VP of Christian Authors’ Network. She makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada.
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